Is This Lakeside Glampsite in Donegal The Most Unique Place to Go Glamping in Ireland?

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Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

This is possibly the quirkiest glamping experience in Ireland.

Known as Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping, this unique accommodation offers the perfect getaway for those in search of a break with a difference.

Not only is the accommodation here beautifully designed, but it also overlooks Lough Mardal in County Donegal, offering incredible views right from your pillow.

Welcome to Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping
Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

This gorgeous glampsite is situated on a large, 90-acre property where it offers a perfect balance between remote and accessible.

Lough Mardal is just 15-minutes drive from Donegal town but with beautiful rolling hills and lakes to gaze at from the lodge, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped well and truly off-the-beaten-path.

Each yurt is spaced out in private locations around the property with their own deck to enjoy the surrounding nature.

The main lodge building is where you’ll find all the amenities with an incredibly spacious and comfortable lounge, dining and kitchen area with panoramic views through the glass windows.

You’ll sleep in a magical yurt (with mighty views)

cosy sleeping area
Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

The private yurts are inspired by the traditional homes of the nomads of Central Asia. However, this more modern style is ideally adapted for a comfortable glamping experience.

They are well insulated for warmth and have wood-burning stoves to keep you cosy on cold nights.

They are also surprisingly spacious at 6 metres in diameter with plenty of room to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

The interior gets plenty of natural lighting too, with front windows and a dome skylight, which allows you to stargaze at night as you lay in bed.

Beautiful surrounding countryside (that you can enjoy from your pillow!

view from the yurt
Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

The yurts are on a 90-acre property with plenty of open space to enjoy. If you’re keen, you can even go wild swimming or fishing in the lake.

There are also some beautiful walks nearby with views down to Donegal Bay and further towards the Dartry, Slieve League and Bluestack mountain ranges.

You can easily reach nearby towns as well, with both Donegal and Ballyshannon just a 15-minute drive away.

Also, if it’s your first time using Airbnb, you can nab up to €50 off your first trip by using this code when you’re booking.

What you can expect if you visit

the communal space
Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

The private yurts each have a king-sized bed, lounge area and wood-burning stove. There’s no electricity in the tents but there are rechargeable lights provided.

The communal lodge offers plenty of amenities including:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Hot showers and toilets
  • Spacious lounge room with fireplace
  • Large garden area
  • There’s no Wi-Fi but it’s a great opportunity to switch off and enjoy your surroundings.

How much a night will set you back

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It’s certainly not the cheapest glamping option, but the unique experience is worth the price. So, I put in two nights for two people sharing. Here’s how much it worked out at:

  • Total price: €316.55
  • Per person: €158.30
  • Per person per night: €79.15
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Fancy seeing looooooads more unique places to glamp in Ireland?

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In our guide to the best places to go glamping in Ireland, you’ll discover heaps of quirky glampsites that are dotted across the island.

Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.


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